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Jack Kirby’s Starr Warriors: The Adventures Of Adam Starr And The Solar Legion #1

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It’s JACK KIRBY like you’ve never seen him before! JACK KIRBY’s first cosmic hero, the pirate hunter Adam Starr, is back in this deluxe remix of KIRBY’s first Space Epic series. See Adam Starr and his Solar Legion of Star Warriors in a battle to the death with killer space pirates Black Michael, Arthak, and their evil armadas. It’s a rip-roaring space adventure with giant man-eating space worms, gargantuan alien killer fish, and planetary nuclear annihilation.

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36 pages
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  • 80

    First Comics News

    The story piques your interest making you want to follow Adam’s adventures.

  • 75


    It’s an exploration of how you might not be able to meet your heroes but you can interact with them in the great abstract that is creative expression. And it’s a solid reminder that the best stories can and will live forever, even if they’re about the one-millionth spacefaring hero. So take your time with this one, and give yourself the space to really explore what it is as this living, breathing artifact. You’ll be bounding across not just the universe but what makes comics such a powerful medium of exploration that has few universal constraints.

  • 60

    Jack Kirby’s Starr Warriors: The Adventures of Adam Starr and the Solar Legion #1 is an odd comic book. Even before creating a comic book biography of Kirby, Tom Scioli’s entire career has stood as an homage to the late “King” of comics. If anyone is going to “remix” Kirby’s early work, as he’s credited here, then Scioli seems like the person to do it. However, this updated release of Solar Legion — the first comics work that Jack Kirby produced under that name, and only 22 at the time — makes bold claims toward imagining a version of the world where Joe Simon didn’t entice Kirby into a partnership with the promise of better paying work and instead of continued to go it alone as a solo cartoonist. There are glimpses of what would come later in Kirby’s Fourth World saga within Adam Starr, particularly the subtle worldbuilding casually sprinkled throughout, particularly regarding the various cultures that inhabit the solar system. However, while it’s hard to tell how much Scioli has changed without the original work to compare it to, the finished product hardly feels like a fully formed vision of what might have been. The young Kirby’s storytelling is simplistic compared to what would come later, using two panels on a page despite the backup story’s limited space. Scioli has also stripped the original colors from Kirby’s work and replaced them with a two-toned look more aligned with Scioli’s comics. The choice distances this version of Adam Starr from Kirby, making most of the page feel unused and without purpose, looking like something a bored student has scrawled in their notebook. That’s a style not without its charms, but it’s a questionable fit here, turning the pricey book into a strange curio for the Kirby collector.

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